The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Continued coverage of the historic Atlanta flood

Scenes such as this are popping up everywhere. The above video contains some aerial video of Six Flags over Georgia under water, from the record flooding in the Metro Atlanta area. Images I watched this morning on the Weather Channel showed portions of the well known wooden Scream Machine destroyed in parts, yet, according to reports, Six Flags plans to be open this weekend. Bring your nose plugs... It is sad what has happened to Six Flags, but that doesn't compare to the personal tragedy experienced all over the Metro Atlanta area.

Unfortunately, with some areas experiencing over 20" of rain in as little as 3 days, the saturated ground, creeks, streams and rivers were bound to overflow, and the result has been nothing short of devastating. So far, the lives lost in this historic flood event stand at 9, with many of those being caused by people driving into flood waters, which easily carry cars away when in a foot or more of water. Turn Around, Don't Drown™. It looks like the relief in rain yesterday has allowed some of the flood water to recede, but you can expect that as it moves down the river... and the forecast holds true that further problems will occur downstream. In fact, you see the impact of that as you move down the rivers. You see that the flood warnings move down the state in this graphical forecast. Jennifer Bozeman, 19, and Nabor Torres stand at the edge of Sweetwater Creek after it overflowed its banks and left the mobile home park where they live flooded Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in Austell, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) List of River Crests
Report from Weather Service about September 2009 flooding rain event
Maps of the current flood in Georgia and the forecast This last link takes you to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service maps, which show two very depictive maps, one indicating the current flooding in Georgia and the other demonstrating the forecast flooding. You see clearly that the flood threat moves down the state as currently flood stricken areas' flood waters recede.

See a story about the flooding by Michael Detwiler - Nashville Weather Examiner
A friend of mine, well east of Atlanta in the Rockdale/Newton County area posted some pictures of the flooding out there that she offered permission to share.The first two are at the Porterdale Lofts. The 3rd is at the Horse Park on the backside and the last one is a house off of Brown Bridge Road past Newton Co. High School.

Thanks, Michelle!

Reports are that some places in the Atlanta area have water up to their 2nd story... it's grim in places. Reports are widespread, and the recovery effort will be long and arduous. Locally, we know all too well how long-lasting the effects of flooding are, having just experienced a major flood back in April. God be with them.


1 comment:

  1. Perhaps the fight for water between GA and TN is over then, eh?! All kidding aside... floods are relentless and reek havoc on communities. I hope for a speedy recovery for all affected.


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